21st century was emphasized leading to the collective development of norms through interdisciplinary collaboration-Justice Dipak Misra, Chief Justice of India(Retd)

Amity Law School, Noida organized an International Conference on Comparative Law on 09th and 10th February 2024 in collaboration with School of Business and Law, Edith Cowan University, Western Australia in hybrid mode. The programme commenced with an Inaugural Ceremony on 09th Feb 2024 beginning with the lightening of the lamp. The guests were welcomed with a Tulsi sapling as a tradition of Amity University.

Prof. (Dr.) Aditya Tomer, Conference Chairperson and Additional Director, Amity Law School Noida and  gave the Welcome Address and welcomed all the dignitaries for their physical and virtual presence. He was happy to inform that the organizing committee got an overwhelming response for paper presentation. He said that this conference will give a chance to all the students to exchange knowledge amongst each other. He stressed the importance of dialogue on Comparative Law.

Prof. (Dr) Balvinder Shukla, Vice -Chancellor, Amity University Uttar Pradesh thanked the Edith Cowan University, Western Australia for the continuous collaboration with Amity University for five years. She extended a warm welcome to all the Guests of Honour. She stated how Comparative Law is important to understand the different laws of different countries as business happens across the borders. She emphasised the vision of Chancellor, Amity University that he believes that all students of Amity should excel in their field and be the successful leaders while making world a better place to live. She closed her address by once again thanking the dignitaries and congratulating the organising committee.

Prof. Justice Rajesh Tandon, Additional Vice Chairman, AJA & ALF, Amity Law School, Noida began his address by thanking everyone for organizing the international conference. He stated how Amity University is a leading research university. He also stated the initiatives of Hon’ble Founder President’s, Amity Education Group for starting judiciary exam preparations. He emphasised how comparative law builds a foundation through which development takes place across the globe. He related the evolution of Human Rights and Comparative Law with certain landmark events such as Magna Carta, adoption of International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Declaration of Human Rights.

Dr Joshua N Aston, Associate Dean & Conference Co-Chair, School of Business and Law, Edith Cowan University, Western Australia who joined the session virtually. He emphasised on how this international conference acts as a bridge between the two Universities. He extended his warm wishes to the organising committee and shared his inability for his physical presence this year. He concluded his address by thanking Hob’ble Founder President Sir and Hon’ble Chancellor Sir, and Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, Amity University for the continued collaboration and gave his Best Wishes for the two-day conference.

Prof. (Dr) D. K. Bandyopadhyay, Conference Director, Chairman, Amity Law Schools & Chief Advisor, Founder President’s Office began his speech by emphasising the significance of comparative law in every field of Research and Law. He outlined the purpose of the conference as a platform for exchanging ideas and celebrating the development of legal perspectives. He encouraged the participants to utilize the conference for personal and academic growth. He enlightened the audience regarding the vision of  Founder President to be a leader and not a follower at the end he thanked the guests and stressed the relevance of comparative law in the face of technological advancements. He urged students to seize the opportunity to understand the dimensions of different laws and adapt to future changes in India’s legal landscape.

Hon’ble Mr. Justice Dipak Misra, Chief Justice of India (Retd) began his speech by engaging with students on the topic of comparative law, particularly focusing on Comparative Constitutional Law. He highlighted its emergence due to historical developments driven by globalization and a sense of belongingness. The importance of universal connectivity in the 21st century was emphasized, leading to the collective development of norms through interdisciplinary collaboration. He traced the origins of comparative law to ancient philosophies, with a focus on the doctrine of inclusiveness. He elaborated upon the concept of Rule of Law stating its multiple definitions and interpretations across jurisdictions. He emphasised upon Right to Information (RTI) and the balancing between private and public interests.

Hon’ble Mr. Justice John Alexander Logan, Judge, Federal Court of Australia joined the session virtually from Australia. He provided insights into International Comparative Law focusing on terms of a contract and performance of a contract. He elaborated this by giving various judicial interpretations on the meaning of ‘reasonable time’ in performance of a contracts under comparative law. He spoke about differences in Civil and Common Law jurisdictions. Expressing gratitude for the invitation, the speaker highlighted India’s emerging leadership role and discussed the collaboration and separation of powers between continents, emphasizing fairness.

Dr Cecilia Inés Silberberg, Embassy Counsellor and Consul Argentina Embassy started her address by putting up a question on what exactly the role of comparative law in international law is. She further stated that the important aspect of comparative law is that it provides a legal framework which might not be perfect to work with, but that framework would be enough, and it should also provide objectives for the same. According to her, there must be an analysis of the regulation but at the same time a certain bias might be there. She went to give an example of a research she conducted during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic for data protection and protection of rights. The speaker concluded her speech by saying comparative law is of utmost importance and can’t do anything without taking care of already established laws. She finally concluded her speech by saying that it’s important to save lives and protected human dignity.

Prof. (Dr) Manoj Kumar Sinha, Vice-Chancellor, Dharmashastra National Law University, Jabalpur started with the importance of including comparative law in the curriculum. According to him, law and justice in the globalizing world are essential for comparing legal frameworks. He suggested that the governments should start examining if state sovereignty has stayed sacrosanct or not. It has been pursued it vigorously and should be taken seriously.

Hon’ble Mr. Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi, Chairperson, Law Commission of India started his address by acknowledging the presence of all the esteemed guests on the dais. He emphasized the importance of learning, promoting a more robust and globally informed approach to understand the constitution. He further stated that it is essential to compare different constitutions of different countries according to which legal theories are developed around the world and the same ideas are applied to the native constitution of the country. He elaborated that legal systems are rooted in the native culture and blindly applying foreign cases can lead to inconsistencies within the interpretation and enforcement of constitution .

Inaugural Ceremony concluded with book release by the dignitaries.

Prof. (Dr.) Shefali Raizada, Additional Director /Jt. HOI, Amity Law School, Noida proposed the Vote of Thanks.

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